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Mining Notes


FERTILISER AND MINING 2 September 2020


Australia does not currently produce sulphate of potash, a high-grade fertilizer. Potassium-based, it is used particularly for fruit, vegetables and tree nuts.

But in coming years, Western Australia looks set to become a world-class producer, with the following projects under construction or on-the-drawing-board (see also the map below):

 

Company

Project

Production

Construction

 

 

 

 

 

1

Kalium Lakes

Beyondie

90,000

Underway. First production Q3 2021

2

Salt Lake Potash

Lake Way

150,000

Underway. First production 2022

3

Australian Potash

Lake Wells

150,000

Commence by Q2 2021

4

BCI Minerals

Mardie

245,000

Commence mid-2021

5

Agrimin

Lake Mackay

450,000

Commence mid-2021

6

Reward Minerals

Lake Disappointment

400,000

To be determined

Production is annual, in tonnes.  Construction timetables are as given by the company concerned and may not hold in all cases.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

Should all these projects go ahead, Western Australia will account for approximately 20% of current world production of sulphate of potash.

 

The Western Australian projects entail the extraction of underground brine, using bores and trenches. The brine is evaporated in ponds and then processed, with this to include crushing, flotation and crystallization. (Mardie (4), an exception, is based on seawater and Swiss processing technology.)

 

Transport to port (typically by truck) can be a major cost. For example, Lake Wells (3) and Lake Mackay (5) are each over 900 kilometres from their respective ports (Geraldton in the southwest and Wyndham in the north of the state).

 

An Australian mining company (Dankali) is also the operator of a major sulphate-of-potash project in Eritrea in Africa (bordering the Red Sea). Early works are underway, with annual production to reach 450,000 tonnes. Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia have large sulphate-of-potash resources.

 

 

 

China accounts for over half of global consumption of sulphate of potash. However, good growth prospects are seen in other parts of Asia and Africa, where consumption is still relatively low. Growth will be stimulated by population growth and the declining ratio of arable land to population.